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Blue Mountain Riesling 2008

Member Review by George Parkinson:

color-straw gold; nose-stone fruit, & mineral; mouth- cake, cream & melon; finish-medium short but it drink it

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Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars:
Joe and Vickie would like to raise a glass with you at their Blue Mountain Vineyards. For over 23 years, Blue Mountain has produced a wide range of wines produced from grapes grown in the Lehigh Valley's New Tripoli, PA. In 1986 Joe and Vickie planted the initial vineyard of 5 acres consisting of French Hybrid varietals, such as Chambourcin, Vignoles, and Vidal Blanc. However, through research ... Read more
Joe and Vickie would like to raise a glass with you at their Blue Mountain Vineyards. For over 23 years, Blue Mountain has produced a wide range of wines produced from grapes grown in the Lehigh Valley's New Tripoli, PA. In 1986 Joe and Vickie planted the initial vineyard of 5 acres consisting of French Hybrid varietals, such as Chambourcin, Vignoles, and Vidal Blanc. However, through research and experience they had discovered that the Lehigh Valley provides an excellent micro-climate for growing not only French Hybrid grapes, but also European varietals due to well drained soil and our terrain being very much like Europe. Therefore, in 1988 the winery expanded the vineyard another 5 acres, planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay, and have continued adding this acreage to it's present 50 acres. In Fall 1997, Blue Mountain Vinyards purchased a parcel of land that carries with it a significant historical background dating back to pre-Revolutionary War. In fact, the land has been accepted in the National Register of Historical Places! Spring of 1998 Joe and Vickie planted 20 acres of mostly vinifera grapes with the addition of Syrah, Petite Syrah, and Riesling vines. The winery's plan is to continue to plant vineyards over the next few years, which will bring the total acreage to 100 acres. In the Spring of 2007 they contructed a winemaking facility and have established a new winery - Leaser Lake Vineyards! In an effort to produce International Award winning wines, only grapes grown in the vineyards' are used to produce the excellent tasting wines.The grapes are hand picked at their peak of ripeness, fermented in stainless steel tanks, aged in French Oak barrels if appropriate, and sterile bottled. In April 2008, we were granted the designation of an American Viticulture Area (AVA). Because of this, we can now to label our wines as Estate Bottled. The Lehigh Valley is now classified with the elite wine producing regions such as Napa Valley and Sonoma County. For more information on the AVA click here. Escape to the vineyards with panoramic views of the Blue Mountain Range. The terraced vineyards will bring back fond memories of European wine regions. Blue Mountain's California style winery is beautifully appointed with ambiance that you might find in the Napa Valley, and the warmth and friendliness of European vineyards. It's a great setting for parties, special occasions and celebrations. Our many events are held on our glass enclosed deck or outdoor deck, both surrounded by ponds and our terraced vineyards. Enroll in our Frequent Buyer Club by giving us your email so we can keep you informed of our great events. Also, by joining our club you will receive a 5% discount on all wine purchase in the future! Visit soon! Read less

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Snooth User: George Parkinson
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Vintage: 2006 07/25/2009

color-straw gold; nose-stone fruit, & mineral; mouth- cake, cream & melon; finish-medium short but it drink it


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Vintage: 2006 10/16/2008

Yellow-green in the glass, Blue Mountain 2006 Riesling shows a white pepper, white grapefruit, and slately nose. Rich and weighty, the wine has flavors of lime and apricot with a soft-landing finish and a bit of a phenolic tang, attributable to a two-day cold soak. Just a bit of residual sugar - .7 percent - carries and brightens the fruit. The amount of sweetness in Blue Mountain’s Riesling depends on the characteristics of the fruit. The warmer 2007, for example, required only .3 percent residual sugar, said Joe Greff, the owner and winemaker of the 13,000-case winery. A former military man, Mr. Greff spent time in the late 70s in Germany. When he purchased the land in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania and saw the rugged hilltop of shale and slate, he immediately thought of Riesling and planted five acres. He characterized 2006, bookended by other ballyhooed vintages, as very good. He took in the Riesling that year at 21 or 22 degrees Brix with a yield of between 2 and 2.5 ton per acre. He believes in wild yeast, but isn’t willing to put his fate in them entirely. He cold soaks the crushed grapes for two days, giving the indigenous yeast time begin their work while extracting some texture and flavors from skin phenols. Then he inoculates with a commercial yeast and keeps the fermentation below 85 degree to preserve fruitiness. The addition of sulfite preservatives are kept low as well, he said, to protect fruitiness and spare sensitive customers headaches.



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